Calendar

Mar
25
Sun
“Marginalizing the Black Feminist”
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Rosie the Riveter

Our platform for the day will be centered around intersectionality, the challenges of  oppressions based on racism in the Women’s Movement.  Nettie Paisley, our speaker, will investigate the historical struggles of inequality for black women from the suffrage movement to the #MeToo movement. She’ll offer strategies to improve the relationship between white and black feminists.

Nettie Paisley has been working with the empowerment of the Black community for over 50 years.  Nettie has a MS degree in Business Education and a BBA in Business Management with a major in Behavioral Science from CUNY’s Baruch College. She is a graduate of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and holds credentials as an interfaith minister. In her work at the seminary, she worked with prison reform at the Gethsemane Church in Brooklyn. Nettie is a Reiki Master (RMT). She has been an adult education teacher, embodying the importance of humanism and how it relates to the value of needs and well being.  She opened a holistic boutique and wellness center called Southern Comforts in 2002, though gentrification later forced its closing.  She strongly believes all paths lead to One Spirit.  Between the Reiki and the interfaith ministry training, Nettie embraced ethical culture.  She also ran a Sisterhood Empowerment Meditation Center group in Harlem for five years.  Her motto is Good Health is the New Black.  Nettie became a member of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture in 2005 and was chairperson of the Life and Ethics Committee.  She was also a board member and is currently a friend of the BSEC.

March theme: balance.  What does it mean to be a person of balance?  What does it mean to be a community of balance?

Image by Rob Byron / Adobe Stock Images / used with permission

Ethics for Children Class
Mar 25 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids 1 to 12 years old to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.

Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more

Apr
1
Sun
“Emergence: Where Past and Future Meet”
Apr 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images, used by permissionWe are, as living creatures, always in emergence, always changing. The caterpillar builds a cocoon and emerges a butterfly.  What is the moment in between caterpillar and butterfly?  In human life, our futures are shaped by our pasts, but we also have some ability to shape our future.  Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on that moment between past and future, and how we influence what might emerge.

Jone Johnson Lewis is serving as the Interim Clergy Leader of Brooklyn Ethical. She has been an Ethical Culture Leader for 26 years and shares the Society’s interests in both social justice and personal/interpersonal transformation.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

April theme: emergence.  What does emergence mean to us as individuals and social beings?  What does emergence mean to us as a community?

Apr
8
Sun
“Cultural Continuity and Personal Legacy”
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images, used by permissionThis Sunday’s program will be in colloquy style, a chance to hear from many voices in the community about the theme of emergence, and to add your reflections, too, if you’re willing. Colloquy will be led by Lisel Burns, Leader Emerita.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

April theme: emergence.  What does emergence mean to us as individuals and social beings?  What does emergence mean to us as a community?

Apr
15
Sun
“Emergence: Saying Yes”
Apr 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
"Emergence: Saying Yes" @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Being a “yes-man” (or woman) has sometimes been seen as just going along.  Who wants to be part of a group if you always have to agree?  Saying “no” to defend our boundaries is a hard-won lesson for some. Yet, there is another sense of “yes” which is important to our lives.  The emergence of something new at times requires us to have the openness to say “yes” even when we’re not sure of the outcome.  Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the power of “yes” — including what “yes” we can find behind that necessary “no.”

Jone Johnson Lewis is serving as the Interim Clergy Leader of Brooklyn Ethical. She has been an Ethical Culture Leader for 26 years and shares the Society’s interests in both social justice and personal/interpersonal transformation.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

April theme: emergence.  What does emergence mean to us as individuals and social beings?  What does emergence mean to us as a community?

Ethics for Children Class
Apr 15 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids 1 to 12 years old to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.

Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more

Apr
22
Sun
Ethics for Children Class
Apr 22 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids 1 to 12 years old to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.

Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more

Apr
29
Sun
Being a Change Agent with Heart
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Being a Change Agent with Heart @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

How our compassion can emerge for the long haul of a lifetime.

Lucia Gomez is an apprentice with Universal Partnership and an organizer with the Laborers Union. She cultivates her capacity to approach her activism for social change with love and compassion. Universal Partnership promotes the belief that at the heart of sustainable movements must be the beat of sustainable people. Their mission is to provide innovative self-healing tools, life, and leadership skills to support agents of change in sustaining their humanity and the humanity of the communities they serve, by organizing from a place of wholeness. Join us while we hear how Lucia Gomez has been able to bring her whole self to her organizing and help us do more of the same.

Ethics for Children Class
Apr 29 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids 1 to 12 years old to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.

Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more

Apr
30
Mon
Social Justice Book Club
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Social Justice Book Club @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library

We meet once a month and bear witness to each other’s expressions about the book as well as our personal experiences.
All perspectives are welcome.
The next book is “Going To Meet The Man” by James Baldwin.  It’s a book of short stories.  We are reading the story called Sonny’s Blues and any others we can fit into our busy schedules.

May
6
Sun
“Creation Stories and Creativity”
May 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Time warp/Universe. Adobe Stock Images, used with permission.Different cultures have very different myths about the creation of the universe and humanity, from Genesis and even earlier stories, through the Big Bang.  These stories help shape the way we think and feel about creativity, the purpose of life, and more.  Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will tell some myths, and then reflect on their different ideas about how we create and how we live.

Jone Johnson Lewis is serving as the Interim Clergy Leader of Brooklyn Ethical. She has been an Ethical Culture Leader for 26 years and shares the Society’s interests in both social justice and personal/interpersonal transformation.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

May theme: creativity.  What does it mean to be a person of creativity?  What does it mean to be a community of creativity?

Ethics for Children Class
May 6 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids 1 to 12 years old to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.

Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more

Social Justice and Arts project for teens
May 6 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Social Justice and Arts project for teens @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Inviting youth, 15 to 20 years old for a Social Justice and Arts project with Koko Gallery.
The youth board will be leading a free workshop and discussion surrounding the ways that our separate narratives and experiences are brought together through our shared environment. Those who participate in this activity will have complete creative control, although prompts are provided as well. The workshop will culminate in a crowdsourced tapestry, that will eventually be displayed at Koko Gallery. Artistic talent is not required to make a meaningful contribution, as the piece is simply a representation of the individuals’ experiences.
Join this teen group this Sunday, May 6th from 11:30 to 12:30 at the library at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture at 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/MY13OtkCEgvwIO0T2


This project is co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture’s Ethical Education Committee.

TeaXchange  – Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
TeaXchange  - Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
A gathering with Tea from the Middle East

The land we now call the Middle East is truly a melting pot of cultures of the East and the West. Let’s discover how the tea traditions there have been shaped through time while different cultures meet and powers shift. Join us as we appreciate this universal beverage we all share, and discuss the evolving role of culture in the context of globalization. Special guests will join for conversation.

Limited space, please RSVP here.

 

May
9
Wed
Enhanced Discussion- # Hacking Racism
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Enhanced Discussion- # Hacking Racism @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Darold Cuba and Doug DiStefano, Ph.D.
Co-founders
#HackingRacism focuses on disrupting status quo thinking, ferreting out how it reinforces & replicates resulting in systemic, institutional & structural racism. When people are purposely gathered to focus on these factors, they can, with increased facility,  readily identify and examine the various forms of racism occuring in their everyday lives and at large in the general society.

OK, so let’s meet up and get busy!
All that we are missing is YOU!